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Schedule of Events:  Aug 13 - 24th, 2010


Friday August 13, 2010

Summer Dream: A Child’s Vision
Join us in an evening of art and poetry when the winner’s of our Summer Dream; A Child’s Vision are unveiled at the Cambie Street Bakery. This month long exhibit of children’s artwork and poetry will showcase the winners of our Summer Dreams: A Child’s Vision Art and Poetry Contest. Both winners of the poetry and artwork will be present to receive their rewards, talk about their work and give readings. We will have cake from the bakery for all in attendance. The evening will be opened with a talk by Author James McCann.



Friday August 20, 2010
Summer Dreams: A Night of Honour


us at the Jacana Gallery, to celebrate those in the writing community who deserve to be honoured. On the eve of the Summer Dreams fest we will begin with a lifetime achievement award for Susan Musgrave. We will then go on to give awards to publishers of magazines who continue to support novice and established writers despite cutbacks and inflation. To be honoured are RoomEventPrism, Sub TerrainGeistThe Vancouver ReviewThe Capilano Review, and One Cool Word. Finally, the evening will end with four special awards. Three will be awards of merit for persons or organizations that support the writing community. These awards come from the writing community itself. We asked for nominations and they will be announced the night of the gala. One award will go to recognize an individual who Pandora’s Collective feels has excelled in their support of writers within our community. This years Citizenship Award goes to Daniela Elza. The evening will continue with Pandora's Collective commitment to highlighting community involvement to the public. Amanda Hartley will play the harp for atmosphere and embellishment, set in the background along with the mystery of it all. Mike Peacock of Melic Thrum will be our musical featured guest. Jaime Reid will close the evening with an evening of poetry and music. Silent Auction.

Click here for full event details and bios.

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Jacana Gallery

2435 Granville Street
Vancouver BC



Saturday August 21, 2010
The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival

Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, Vancouver (12-7pm)

The Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival is a one day annual free event which takes place at Lumberman's Arch, in beautiful Stanley Park. This event is an outdoor festival which brings together, showcases and  celebrates the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. The line up is a combination of literary performances, dancers, local bands, panel discussions, open mics etc. Some of this year’s performers include Evelyn Lau, Betsy Warland, Brad Cran, Ms. Spelt, Vancouver’s own Theatre In the Raw and more. There is also a children's area with puppet shows, music, story tellers, face painting and craft tables. There will be information tables showcasing community groups and resources. Please see below for details. Also visit us here:



Tuesday August 24th, 2010
Word Whips Writing Series

Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten - fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni. This month’s theme will be focused on Summer Dreams.

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room,

1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC




Saturday August 21, 2010

Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival
Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park (12-7:30pm)



Poet: Susan Musgrave

12:00 – 12:30 Welcome and Opening Reading: Poet, Susan Musgrave

12:30 – 12:45 Poetry Readings:  Burnaby Writers Society/Inkspot; Sally Reesman

12:45 – 1:00 Poetry Readings: Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, Kelsey Savage, Fraser Readman, Christianne Hayward

1:00 – 1:15 Poetry Slam: Vancouver Poetry Slam; Johnny MacRae

1:15 – 1:30 Story Telling:  The Writers Studio- Clarrisa Green

1:30 – 1:45 Announcements

1:45 – 2:15 ♫♫: Sandy Bone

2:15 – 2:30 Poetry Readings:  Vancouver Artists Collective, Steve Locke         

2:30 – 2:45 Poetry Readings: Word Whips, Warren Dean Fulton, Christy Hill

2:45 – 3:00 Feature: Ms. Spelt

3:00 – 3:15 Multi Cultural Readings: World Poetry Reading Series, Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea, Masume Mahasti, Persia, Anita Aguirre Neveras. Philippines

3:15 – 3:30 Announcements

3:30 – 4:00♫♫: Wailin’ Wayne and the Pain (Spike McKinley, Wailin’ Wayne Pattern, Andre Rahut, Michel Drouin)

4:00 – 4:15 Story Telling: Vancouver Story Slam, Clint Father Goose Wilson

4:15 – 4:30 Poetry Readings: Poetry Around the World, Lucia Gorea, Alara Bretanne, Kyle Christensen

4:30 – 4:45 Featured Poet: Heather Haley

4:45 – 5:00 Poetry Readings: Wax Poetics, Diana Itebu.

5:00 – 5:30♫♫: Jess Hill

5:30– 5:45 Poetry Readings: Canadian Authors Association: Ben Nuttall-Smith,

Bernice Lever, Lilija Valis

5:45 – 6:00 Poetry Readings: Word Whips North Shore Edition, Fran Bourassa, Christy Hill

6:00 – 6:15 Story Telling: Vancouver Storytellers, Mary Gavin 

6:15 – 6:30 Poetry Readings: Twisted Poets, Bonnie Nish, Daniela Elza,  

6:30- 7:00 Radio Show: Theatre In The Raw

7:00-7:30 Feature Poet: Evelyn Lau

(View performers bios)



Musicians: Sandy Bone, Jess Hill, Spike McKinley




Poet and Author: Betsy Warland

1:00 - 1:20 Welcome and Opening Reading: Vancouver Poet Besty Warland

1:20 - 2:00 Panel Discussion: A Cross Cultural Conversation:  As poets, we tend to hang out with poets whose writing and thinking is similar to our own. What happens when poets who differ in their practice and production (such as print-based poets & spoken word poets/book poets & web poets)have a conversation with one another? Moderator: Betsy Warland Panelists: Jabez Churchill, Susan Cormier, Daniela Elza, RC Weslowski, Alex Winstanley,

2:00 – 2:15 Feature Poet: Catherine Owen
2:15 – 2:30 Open Mic: sign up on site at Granville Stage

2:30 -2:45 Announcements

2:45 -3:15  Spoken Word & Music: Dennis E. Bolen and Soressa Gardener performing The  Somme Wheat Field 1989

3:15 -3:30 - Featured Poet: Jabez Churchill

3:30 – 4:10 Panel Discussion: Writing and Healing: Entrance to the Secret Garden of the Self: Poet-Physician William Carlos Williams saw each patient as “material for a work of art,” and called medicine  “the thing which gained me entrance to the secret gardens of the self.” Drawing on this tradition, five poets (physicians, nurses and lay healers) will discuss how their poetry has been shaped by their involvement with trauma and healing work.

Moderator: Rachel Rose. Panelists: Wayde Compton, Marni Norwich, Catherine Owen, Nilofar Shidmehr, Karen Shklanka

4:10 – 4:25 Poetry & Music: Spillious Speak and Sing
4:25 – 4:40 Announcements

4:40 – 5:10 Literary Game Show: Host: Warren Dean Fulton

5:10-5:50 Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion: New Media: Surfing the Tsunami

Ready to catch the curl of New Media like Facebook, Twitter, & ______? Will you ride the wave, drown in indecision, or just get left behind in the backwash?  Explore the currents and calamities of an ocean of marketing potential.

Moderator: Sylvia Taylor. Panelists: Trevor Battye, Dennis E. Bolen, SR Duncan, Lorraine Murphy

5:50 -6:05 Open Mic: sign up on site at Granville Stage

6:05- 6:30 Feature Poet:  Brad Cran

(View performers bios)



Children’s Author Tiffany Stone

1:00 – 1:15 Announcements
1:15 – 1:45 Opening Children’s Performer : D'Arcy Stainton

1:45 –  2:15 Author: Tiffany Stone
2:15 – 2:45  Author: Lee Edward Fodi
2:45 – 3:15: Children’s Performer: VPL Puppets on Parade Mary Duffy
3:15 – 3:45 ♫♫ Dancers D'Hercy Dance Co

 3:45 – 4:00 Announcements
4:00 – 4:30  Author: James McCann

4:30 – 5:00 Author: kc dyer
5:00 – 5:30 Readings: Vancouver Public Library Book Camp Readers

5:30 – 6:00 Children’s Performer: VPL Puppets on Parade Mary Duffy

(View performers bios)





Adult Instructors: Shannon Rayne, Warren Dean Fulton and Jaz Halloran.

Location: On-site Cost: $25 Pre-registration required. Contact:


Warren Dean Fulton is the editor/publisher of Pooka Press. For the past 15 yrs he has been publishing poetry in a number of delightful ways. Everything from somewhat standard poetry chapbooks & books, from the likes of well known writers like George Bowering, bill bissett, rob mclennan & others, to playful approaches w/ collectible poetry ephemera.


Workshop: 12:30-2:00 pm chapbooks, broadsides, postcards & other ways to get your words out there. A hands-on workshop, w/ samples, demonstrations, & step-by-step instructions on a variety of imaginative techniques & designs for making chapbooks, broadsides, postcards, &/or zines. We will be using many different approaches to these projects, including: stencils, rubber stamps, paints, collage, decoupage, typography, folding, staples, glue, tape, brass fasteners, sewing, & various papers. Supplies are included & provided by workshop facilitator. Come away from this workshop w/ a number of ways to better showcase yr words.  



Shannon Rayne is a performance poet with a deep love for the stage.   She was a performing member of the eclectic improvised ‘Young Lungs” collective and the Winnipeg Poetry Slam team..  She has performed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, the Vancouver International Storytelling Festival, and Under the Volcano Festival.   Her poetry has appeared in various journals and media including: Memewar Magazine, Quills, the Feathertale Review and is forthcoming in One Cool Word.  Shannon has led writing and performance workshops for writers at all levels of experience for the past five years. 


Workshop Time 2:00-3:30: How to Engage a *Listening* Audience with Your Written Words. This fun workshop will focus on how to read your written words in an engaging way to transform your poetry/book reading into an event (or poem) to be remembered.  The workshop will present many different strategies and practical advice on: selecting the best poems/stories to read out loud, breaking through nerves/anxiety, knowing/targeting your audience, using the breath as vehicle to make your words sparkle,  changing the speed, pitch and volume of your words and how to leave an audience wanting more. 

Each strategy provided will be accompanied by a practical exercise for participants to practice their new skills in using their voices, bodies and breathe to read their written words in a way that will be engaging, dynamic and most importantly, will leave your audience wanting more of your words!  There will be an opportunity for everyone to practice, and share their readings with the group.



Jaz Halloran is an art director and designer for OCW Magazine and has improvised with Urban Improv, Instant Theatre, and Vancouver Theatresports League. His creative work, whether art, design, or comedy, is deeply influenced by the improvisational process.


Workshop 3:30-5:00 The Secret to Good Ideas
Break through writer’s block, summon fresh ideas, and unleash your natural creativity in this improvisation workshop hosted by OCW Magazine’s Jaz Halloran. In this open and fun environment participants will uncover the secret to summoning good ideas. Through various group and individual exercises, including “take home” activities for continuing your practice at home, both beginner and accomplished writers – or those active in any creative discipline – will get in touch with their natural creativity and will learn strategies for starting new projects or getting over lulls in the creative process.


Children’s Workshop Instructors: Heather Susan Haley, James McCann Location: On-site Cost: $25 Pre-registration required. Contact:



James McCann: Growing up on the icy plains of Manitoba, James McCann spent most of his time as a teen reading comics and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Both of these hobbies taught him his storytelling tools that he now uses as an author and creative writing instructor. He is the author of Rancour (first released in 2005 with a second edition due in 2010), Pyre (2007), and Renegade (TBA). His first sports book with Orca Book Publishers, Flying Feet, came out in 2010.
As well as mentoring youth in creative writing, he has worked part-time at Vancouver Kidsbooks for the last seven years. Unlike the creatures of the night of which he typically writes, he lives peacefully in the daylight with his Shih Tzu, Conan.

Workshop Time 12:30-2:00: Mapmaking Workshop for the Creative Mind. This 60-minute workshop includes readings from his books, a talk about what inspired him to be a writer and his famous map-making/creative writing workshop. Be prepared to discuss what makes an interesting character, settings that feel real and plots that pop off the page! This is ideal for those with a manuscript in hand but no idea what to do with it, but will also be invaluable with those who have an idea and not a clue how to get it started. All proceeds from this workshop go back to the festival. Thank you James.



Heather Susan Haley: Poet, author, musician and media artist Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media. Published in numerous journals and anthologies, her poetry collections Sideways (Anvil Press) and Three Blocks West of Wonderland (Ekstasis Editions) have been described as ³supple and unusual,² ³brawny and uncompromising.² She was an editor for the LA Weekly, publisher of Rattler and the Edgewise Cafe, one of Canada's first electronic literary magazines. Architect of the Edgewise ElectroLit Centre, the Vancouver Videopoem Festival and See The Voice: VISIBLE VERSE at Pacific Cinémathèque, her works have been official selections at dozens of international film festivals. Haley has gained renown as an engaging performer, sharing her poetry and music with audiences around the world. Most recently she toured eastern Canada and the U.S. in support of her critically acclaimed AURAL Heather CD of spoken word songs, Princess Nut.      

Workshop Time 2:30-4:00: W O R D G A M E S - Poetry Workshop for Kids. By providing a safe environment along with a series of word games and amusing writing exercises, Heather Haley incites and inspires young people to give voice to their expression in  verse.




Find out what's happening in the literary arts community. Meet the people that make it all happen. Brochures and displays will be available from a variety of groups including the Canadian Authors Association, Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, Federation of BC Writers, Grind Writers, One Cool Word, Pandora’s Collective, Poetry Around the World, Vancouver Poetry House, Vancouver Storytellers, Wax Poetic/Co-op Radio, World Poetry Reading Series.



Don’t forget that you can read your poems at the festival on the Granville Stage during the open mic sections.

Times: 2:00 – 2:15 pm & 5:50 – 6:05 pm





Express your inner self! Free face painting and crafts.




Festival Director:

Bonnie Nish, Executive Director Pandora’s Collective

Organizing Committee:

Rhonda Milne, Board Director

Warren Dean Fulton, Program Director

Steve Duncan, Publicist

Volunteer Coordinator:

Sarah Martin




(The sponsors list will be updated shortly. Thanks to all our sponsors for their support.)


2009 Celebrations Grant

c/o The City of Vancouver

& The Office of Cultural Affairs

The Writers’ Union of Canada

The Canadian Arts Council

Financial Donations:

The Burnaby Writers Society

The Federation of BC Writers


Industrial Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company

International Web Express

KSA Capital

The Writers’ Union of Canada

Mary Duffy

Bernice Lever

Irene Livingston

Franci Louann

Sue McIntyre

Don Simpson

Joyce Statton

Robin Susanto

Gifts in Kind:

3 Day Novel Contest

Bandidas Taqueria

BC Poetry

Ashok Bhargava

Brooklyn Designs

Cambie Street Bakery

Capilano Review

CBS Outdoor

Chill Factor Design

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius

Demarc Systems

Gojo Little Africa Cafe

Hair By Gina and Company

Illusions Studio and Spa

Lindsay Diehl



Ibrahim Honjo

Invis-Feisal & Assoicates Mortgage Consulting

Jaffer Speech and Language Services

Zahida Jaffer

Hollywood 3 Cinema


Karen McAthy

Nester's Market


One Cool Word

Pane Formaggio


Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine


Simply French Cafe


Sullivan Optometry


Theatre in the Raw


Vancouver Parks Board

Vancouver Review

Vancouver Storytellers




Dennis E. Bolen, Mary Duffy, Steve Duncan, kc dyer, Daniela Elza, Warren Dean Fulton, Jaz Halloran, Kyle Hawke, Randy Jacobs, James McCann, Shannon Rayne, Trevor Spilchen.




Adrian Snashall, Alan Hill, Ali Denno. Amanda Hartley, Barry Swanson, Becca Denno, Bernice Lever, Brian M Nelson, Carol Harnshaw, Christy Hill, Daniel Chen, David Shewell, Dennis E. Bolen, Diana McNamara, Donna Creamore, Eva Waldauf, Fran Bourassa, H. Pummy Kaur, Hendrik Beune, Jabez Churchill, James McCann, Jason Fleury, Jennifer Merasty, KC Dyer, Kevin Mullan, Kim Navyer, Kirsten Whitney, Kyle Hawk , Lesie Nelson, Lucia Gorea. Marni Norwich, Mark Hughes, Mark Williams, Mary Duffy, Mary Martin, Maureen Egan, Mike Peacock, Monica Dee, Natasha Boskic, Olga Livshin, Phyllis Basset, Rhonda Milne, Roger Howie, Robin Susanto, Sarah Martin, Sharon Taylor, Shazia R., Sita Carboni, Spike McKinnley, Soressa Gardener, Stephen Karr, Steve Duncan, Suzy Malcolm, Taslim Jaffer, Trevor Spilcehen, Trina Ferguson, Wanda John, Warren Dean Fulton, Zahra Abdulla.





Barry Swanson



LOCATION: Lumberman's Arch, in beautiful Stanley Park

Concession stands, public washrooms, the children's water park and the sea wall are all just steps away!




The following Information was referenced from the Vancouver Aquarium’s web site.


Parking Lots

Pay parking is in effect in parking lots and on roadways throughout Stanley Park. Pay parking is operated by Central Parking Systems: Info line: 604-684-8922, Office: 604-684-6634 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. Address: 1440 West Pender Street


Public Transportation

Translink Bus and Skytrain Routes. For your convenience the most common routes are listed below:

1. Take the #19 Bus to Stanley Park, it runs along W. Pender.

2. Take the #135, running along West Hastings, to Burrard Street and connect to the #19 bus on W. Pender & Georgia.

3. Take the Skytrain to Burrard Station and connect to the #19 bus on W. Pender & Georgia.



Other Transportation Options: visit



Festival Media Links:
Truman Fulton-McLean, who happens to be Warren Dean Fulton’s son, was interviewed by the Province.

There was also a photographer that who filmed Truman and there is a clip of him reading his poem.

Steve Duncan interviews Bonnie Nish.



Previous Festivals and Events:

2009 Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival (view photos)

2008 Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival (view photos)

2007 Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival (view photos)

2006 Summer Dream Reading Festival (view photos)

2005 Summer Dream Reading Festival (view photos)

2004 Summer Dream Reading Festival

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